Chili Cheese Dogs

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Do you ever realize that the package of hot dogs and the package of buns doesn’t equate to the same amount?

This means that you’ll often times be left with two unused hot dogs buns…and then if you buy more hot dogs, you’ll end up with no buns and just hot dogs.

Every day after school I’d come home, hungry, with a desire to sit in front of the television for thirty minutes before I started my homework. I’d wrap a hot dog in a paper towel and stick it in the microwave to cook (why I did this I have no idea). On a rare occasion there’d be a bun but most of the time there was nothing! So I’d eat it with just ketchup and stuff. This had all to do with the dilemma I pointed out above. Too many hot dogs and no buns!

This is a pure example of the left hand not talking to the right hand. Also, why didn’t hot dog companies get in the business of hot dog buns?! It would only make sense. It would’ve cleaned this problem right up.

Chili Cheese Dogs // www.acozykitchen.com

Anyway, I’ve had chili cheese dogs on my mind recently so I decided to make a version that didn’t scare me. Sometimes hot dogs can scare me a little.

This is why making hot dogs at home is the best case scenario for me. I can ensure that I’m eating hot dogs that are nitrate-free and are made with ingredients I can pronounce.

The chili might be my favorite thing ever. It’s SO fast. No need to sit here and make real chili—that’s too much work. This one cooks up in minutes and is way thicker than the normal soupier version. I think the thicker version works way better when we’re using it as a topping for a hot dog.

Chili Cheese Dogs // www.acozykitchen.com

A few things all chili cheese dogs need:

Mustard and diced white onion. Both are SO important.

I’m starting this campaign where I make you put this on your summer to-do list. I think it deserves it.

Chili Cheese Dogs // www.acozykitchen.com

Chili Cheese Dogs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8 chili cheese dogs

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion, diced and divided
  • 1 pound ground beef (85% lean/15%fat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 6-8 hot dogs
  • 6-8 hot dog buns
  • Yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (or any other melty cheese you love)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, pour in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot, drop in half of the onions and cook until they're translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef, salt, garlic clove and mix until the meat has browned, about 5 minutes. If you're using leaner ground beef than what's noted above, you may need to add a teaspoon or two of olive oil so it doesn't stick to the pan.
  2. Add the tomato paste, beef broth, cumin and cayenne. Mix and cook for an additional minute or so. Turn the heat to low and cover the pot to keep warm while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. You have a couple options with the hot dogs: you can cook them on a grill (my personal favorite) or in a grill pan. Heat up whatever you're using to high. Cook the dogs on both sides until grill marks appear and the hot dogs are thoroughly cooked. Place them a 200 degree F oven so they stay warm. Next, toast the hot dog buns. To get nice grill marks, add a teaspoon of butter to your grill pan. When the pan is really hot, add the buns, pressing them down for about 1 minute; toast on the opposite side for an additional 30 seconds. Repeat with the remaining buns.
  4. To assemble, place the hot dogs in the buns. Add some mustard to eat hot dog, top with a generous spoonful of chili and then cheese. If the cheese isn't melty, place the hot dogs under a broiler for about a minute---that'll do the trick! Top with the remaining diced white onion.
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Marie @ Little Kitchie June 20, 2014 at 12:54 am

This is all I could think of while reading this post!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYIHLUxzRr8

These hot dogs look soooo good. Total summer necessity!

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Emily @ Life on Food June 20, 2014 at 3:45 am

I don’t eat hot dogs often but when I do it is an all or nothing deal. Chili, peppers cheese. The works. These look fantastic.

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Jeanette June 20, 2014 at 6:33 am

Aww now you’ve got me hungry. :)

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Kinsey June 20, 2014 at 7:24 am

Father of the bride!! Love it.

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Millie l Add A Little June 20, 2014 at 7:58 am

Wooo these look amazing! Hellooo summer barbecue ideas!
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April @badgerkitchen June 20, 2014 at 9:09 am

I love hot dogs and rarely eat them for your same reasons. These look delicious and I’m going to try making them asap!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) June 20, 2014 at 11:39 am

Totally obsessed with the styling of that first shot!!! These look ridiculously good!

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Sammi @Sammi Sunshine June 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I can’t even. This is the ultimate chili dog. LOVE!

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Amanda June 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm

“I’ll tell you what I’m doing. I want to buy eight hot dogs and eight hot dog buns to go with them. But no one sells eight hot dog buns. They only sell twelve hot dog buns. So I end up paying for four buns I don’t need. So I am removing the superfluous buns. Yeah. And you want to know why? Because some big-shot over at the wiener company got together with some big-shot over at the bun company and decided to rip off the American public. Because they think the American public is a bunch of trusting nit-wits who will pay for everything they don’t need rather than make a stink. Well they’re not ripping of this nitwit anymore because I’m not paying for one more thing I don’t need. George Banks is saying NO!”
-Father of the Bride

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Courtney June 24, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Um yeah these look so good! Definitely going to make these for the summer

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Trixie July 5, 2014 at 7:52 am

I think Kosher dogs only come 7 to the pack and they don’t seem to make buns to match. Regular hot dogs come in even numbers. But who wants to eat them?

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